Lewis Hamilton set a benchmark lap-time during the first practice for Malaysian Grand Prix. The current trends emphasize Mercedes as favourite to win Sunday’s race. Other vital points that the Brit took a best time of 1:40.691, a provision to four seconds less than 1:36 935 Mark Webber’s FP1 last year.
The Brit finishes fastest of all, 0.152s ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen with his team-mate Nico Rosberg third on the morning practice timesheet, ahead of the McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.
Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel did less than half the laps of his rivals, signifying continued issues for the Red Bull after he retired early in Melbourne with engine problems.
Neither Lotus completed a lap due to more engine failures, while Force India’s Sergio Perez only ran a couple of installation laps.
Results: First Practice F1 2014 Malaysian GP